Fw: Travel pool #5/Obama talks about S. Court stay on Clean Power Plan

From: Nakamura, David [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 01:40 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian; Allen, Jessica
Subject: Travel pool #5/Obama talks about S. Court stay on Clean Power Plan

In remarks at the DNC fundraiser, Obama offered his first public reaction to the Supreme Court's decision to stay the EPA's Clean Power Plan:

"The Supreme Court did something unusual this week. The centerpiece of our climate action plan involves working with states like California to come up with a strategy for reducing their carbon emissions… We do so under the clean air act, which the Supreme Court says  requires the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions if  we can show, as science has clearly shown, damage to public health. We are very confident we are on strong legal footing here.. ... But the Supreme Court issued a stay …

"One of reasons I want to talk about this is because in the last couple of days I've heard people say, 'The Supreme Court struck down the clean power plant rule. That's not true, so don’t despair people. This a legal decision that says, 'Hold on until we review the legality.' We are very firm in terms of the legal footing here…

"But the reason I bring this up now is to underscore fact this i going to be an enormous generational challenge; there are going to be people constantly pushing back and making sure we keep clinging to old dirty fuels and a carbon-emitting economic strategy that we need to be moving away from.

"We need to be investing in the future, not the past. Instead of subsidizing … the oil industry, we should be investing in solar and wind and battery technology--all the things that promise us we can generate enormous power without destroying the planet for our kids and grandkids."

"I could not be prouder of our efforts to mobilize 200 nations around the world to say, 'This is a problem.' ... That's the essence of American leadership but that American leadership depends on us, depends on an administration that believes in science, for example."

That's it on the climate stuff. but more to come on his remarks in later report.

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